Hi all,

I'm using Wise Package Manager for this, and I'm pretty new to creating MSIs... I'm trying to get my domain organized and also now that I'm managing the helpdesk, I want to have work more efficiently by creating MSIs for deploying new PCs.

I've got software that comes only as an EXE file, and I'd like to deploy that through group policy. If you can help me get started (keeping in mind I use Wise), it would be very helpful.

Thanks!
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Hercules, Wise is a pretty hefty piece of software to learn. I'd suggest using vendor support as much as possible and visit the altiris.com knowledge bases to get yourself up to speed. If a vendor EXE support silent installs sometimes it's better to wrap that in an MSI than to do a setup capture. Why? First, a setup capture is prone to developer error (there are several good articles on this, use google). Second, a "repackaged app" as we call them would not be supported by the vendor.
Answered 12/14/2006 by: aogilmor
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How do you wrap the silent install into the MSI? Any example will do :)

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Answered 12/14/2006 by: Hercules
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Hi Hercules,
you can give WIWW a try:
http://itninja.com/question/how-do-you-roll-out-new-machines?2081
Regards, Nick
Answered 12/14/2006 by: nheim
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hi,
In WfWI there is a concept known as Setup Capture. Take a setup capture of the installation you wish to do. That captures the changes made to the system after an installation has occured.

Take a capture and make an msi. However, sometimes you need to clean certain registries etc... If you want you can read more about the Setup Capture from the altiris KB.

With Best Regards,
Tushar Singh
Answered 12/14/2006 by: matrixtushar
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prior to re-packaging check to make sure that the msi is not embedded in the exe.

sometimes a Setup /A will extract, other times halting the installation before finishing and then checking the Temp area will reveal the embedded msi...
Answered 12/15/2006 by: hambone
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